This blog post features a recap of our Monday and highlights of my meals, including Quaker’s new Overnight Oats for breakfast! Thank you so much to Quaker for sponsoring this post!
Good morning, my friends! How are you guys today!? I hope your Tuesday is going well so far. I am popping in this morning with a recap of our Monday with a focus on food, fitness and fun!
Morning + Breakfast
Ryan sets his alarm for 5 a.m. every weekday morning to get in a quick workout at home before heading into work and yesterday his alarm doubled as my alarm as well. As he headed off to row a bazillion meters on his rowing machine, I made my way downstairs for a bloggin’ and breakfast!
My friend Laura has me on a bit of a hot lemon water kick at the moment and I’m trying to get better about drinking a mug of lemon water before my morning cup of coffee to aid in hydration.
I settled into my office chair with my dumpy lemon water and pretended to enjoy it as much as my coffee (I’m told it eventually will be something I crave and I’m waiting for that to kick in). As I sipped away, I began combing through my email inbox.
About 30 minutes later, my stomach started to grumble so I opened up the fridge and grabbed the breakfast choice I prepped the night before to bring back to my computer to eat.
I was particularly pumped about my morning meal because the base of it was Quaker’s new Overnight Oats. The kind people at Quaker clearly caught wind of my long-time love for overnight oats and sent me an assortment of new flavors to try. (The Toasted Coconut & Almond Crunch is my favorite!) The ingredients in Quaker’s Overnight Oats are tasty – no artificial flavors and no added colors – and my cup contained 100 percent whole grain rolled oats (and other grains), quinoa, flaxseed, fruits and nuts.
All I had to do was add the milk of my choice to the fill line (I used almond milk) and let it steep overnight. I actually also added two spoonfuls of full-fat Greek yogurt as well for some additional creaminess and loved the end result.
The breakfast truly could not have been easier to make and after I added a few toppings for texture and a drizzle of cashew butter, I was ready to dig in! (You guys know I cannot resist topping my overnight oats with ALL THE THINGS… especially nut butter!)
As I ate, I knocked out another hour or so of work before saying goodbye to Ryan and heading upstairs to get Chase ready for the day. Soon we were off to boot camp where we met up with friends for a morning workout!
Breakfast fueled me through my workout (it was core day at Burn Boot Camp – see my Instagram Stories for a pic!) and it was a sweaty one. I left feeling awfully thankful for the cleansing wipes I keep in the center console of my car. Phew!
Chase and I both ate a quick snack of homemade energy bites as we made our way to Gymboree for our next adventure of the morning.
Chase had a blast with his little buddies and I loved chatting with my girlfriends while our kiddos played and ran around like crazy.
Afternoon + Lunch
We arrived home a little before noon, just in time for an early lunch for Chase! He dug into a cashew butter and jelly sandwich and some carrot sticks (basically the only vegetable I can count on him to always enjoy) before he played with his trains for a bit and I chopped up some veggies for taco night!
Chase went down for his nap around 1 p.m. and I grabbed a quick shower and returned to the kitchen. Before throwing all of the veggies I chopped into some containers to store in the fridge, I ended up using a bunch of them in a wrap which I paired with a sliced apple and some veggie straws for lunch.
I was awfully productive on the work-front during Chase’s nap and he slept pretty well which was a blessing. About two hours later, my energetic little playmate was up and ready for action. We ate a snack together before reading a few books on the couch. We kept things low key at home for an hour or so before it was time for a pool play date!
If Chase had his way, I’m pretty sure all of our afternoons would be filled with pool playtime and he loved splashing around and practicing blowing bubbles and kicking with his BFFs.
I wrapped him up in a towel and dried him off when it was time to head home for dinner. Ryan was home from work by the time we pulled into the driveway which was awesome!
Evening + Dinner
Dinner came together quickly thanks to the veggie prep I did earlier in the day and soon we were all digging into tacos!
Chase pleasantly surprised us by enjoying the taco meat with some avocado before it was time for him to get washed up before bed!
Ryan and I caught up for a bit on the couch after Chase was down for the night before heading upstairs to read a bit before bed. I hope you guys are all having a great week so far! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!